Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
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The Commissioner for Human Rights is an independent and impartial institution within the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe, mandated to promote the awareness of and respect for human rights in member states.
Elected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Commissioner seeks to engage in permanent dialogue with member states, continually raising awareness about human rights issues, and promoting the development of national human rights structures. The Commissioner conducts visits to each member state for an evaluation of the human rights situation, and issues reports, opinions and recommendations to governments.
The Commissioner also co-operates with a broad range of partners, including the European Union, the United Nations and its specialised offices, as well as leading human rights NGOs, universities and think tanks.